There are always two sides of a coin. And no matter how costly or rare that coin may be, one will always face the ground when flipped. That’s why we don’t have to judge people’s actions by its face value. I don’t know if I’m making sense here but I just want to dedicate these episodes’ reaction to Nam Sin the human (Seo Kang-joon) and Namsin 3 (also Seo Kang-joon).
Innocent, pure Namsin 3
We all love this robot. It’s a given. He is written that way. Seo Kang-joon portrayed him that way. He will continue to develop just like any AI that continues to adapt to its environment. Even Siri or Alexa adapts to whatever updates made by its manufacturers. In case of Namsin 3, his evolving connection with So-bong (Gong Seung-yeon) will continue to deepen and cause him to “feel” more human. But I’m afraid to admit that that’s all there is to it. At the end of the day, no matter what complicated algorithms he could process in order to understand “love” and “jealousy,” those would just merely be products of his own mechanism, and not because he could feel it.
Self-absorbed, vicious Nam Sin
Now for the not-so-fun part, my two cents on the manchild that is Nam Sin. I’m almost confident that this show would not give us a love line between So-bong and the human Nam Sin. I believe him when he told Ye-na (Park Hwan-hee) about only teasing So-bong, and not really being interested in her. It’s just the most realistic possibility on So-bong and Sin’s relationship. I don’t think Sin would really fall for her, he may be curious what made her love the robot (who looks exactly like him) but I hope that’s it. No deeper attraction after that.
I would also like to put it out there how much I wanted to understand where the human Sin is coming from. Ever since he was a child, he was emotionally neglected. He grew up under the manipulation of his grandfather, lost his parents, and learned that he was replaced by a robot made by his own mother. If I would be in his place, I would feel betrayed, too. He can’t even trust anyone right now. He is so emotionally broken that he resorted to hurting everyone around him, too. It also doesn’t help that people kept telling him that he worse than a robot. I know it’s inevitable to be compared to Namsin 3 because after all, the robot is really made in place of him, but I believe it’s just unfair to compare them when both of them did not even asked to be placed in this situation.
What made me think about this very unpopular statement was the scene wherein Sin asked Young-hoon (Lee Joon-hyuk) why the hell did they think that he was after his grandfather’s position after all? I know he sounded unapologetic and ungrateful, but he had a point. He never asked anyone to look after his place in the company anyway. He went to Czech Republic to dig deeper into the death of his father. And that what woke me up from this annoyance towards Nam Sin. The mean, self-absorbed chaebol wasn’t really interested in the dirty office power struggle, he was just a scarred boy who wanted to learn the truth about his father’s death. If only Sin would let himself to open up to the right people and not lash out at them, the world would be a brighter place to live in.
So maybe instead of antagonizing Robot Namsin, why don’t he just befriend him? As what Namsin said, he was there to help so he doesn’t need to control him. If only he could ask him for favors respectfully, and not ordering him around, or worse threatening him. I know it’s really a long road ahead towards Sin’s emotional healing, but I’m still optimistic that he will soon overcome this insecurity and lack of trust.
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